Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My Memories Suite Giveaway Winner

Congrats to DeAnne, the winner of the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software Giveaway!

Santa's elf has emailed DeAnne with instructions how to claim her prize.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tis The Season To Be Giving...Pick Your Plum Giveaway!

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I have a little fun treat for you today. I’m partnering with Pick Your Plum on a new way to do a giveaway. 

For this one, we’re using Rafflecopter’s Facebook App  go to my Facebook Page here to find out all the details and enter. It's only up for 24 hours so hurry!  Good luck :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party #82 Wrap Up and Features

What a great party last week! It’s clear everyone is very busy and there is no shortage of ideas and creativity so let’s get right to some of the highlights.

Jamie from The Creative Imperative shared her version of some pricey cableknit pillows she fell in love with. I love hers.

Must have been something in the air because Judy, from In His Grip also shared some gorgeous sweater pillows:

Upcycle Sweater Pillow1

All of these pillows would look so great with Keri from Shaken Together’s Faux Birch Bark Candles:

Tis the Season for all things peppermint and Michele at The Scrap Shoppe has got you covered. If you can’t find a peppermint recipe in this collection, then it doesn’t exist!

If you’re looking for some easy but stylish additions to your tree, Fotini from Glamorous Affordable Life has a fun and fast idea. Chalkboard ornaments.

Finally., this week’s chocolate feature is lip smackingly good. Chocolate Caramel brownies from Cath’s Cookery Creations.

Thanks as always to everyone who linked up. Make it a creative week and see you again on Friday!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party #82

Happy Friday eve all. Hope everyone's had a fantastic week. I'm mid-stream on everything. Cards, decorating, baking. Hope to get a chunk more done this weekend. This weekend also marks the start of Hanukkah so a very Happy Hanukkah to all who will be playing dreidel, eating latkes ( YUM) and lighting the menorah.

Just a reminder that I have a giveaway going through Tuesday...your own copy of the latest version of My Memories Suite Scrapbooking Software. Details here.

OK let's see what everyone's been up to this week!

My Red and Green Whimsical Tree

Red and Green Tree

I’m tackling our main tree on Saturday, but I thought I’d share one of the tabletop trees I did get done. This one is what I call my Whimsical Tree filled with lots of bright red, lime green, and a little black and white. I unintentionally started collecting Santa and Stocking ornaments so they all go on this tree, along with any little things I pick up along the way that match the color scheme. 

Whimsical Table

It sits atop my painted table with a big bowl of ornaments that I keep this alabaster bowl ( a thrifty find, glued to a thrifty found crystal candlestick).


These little guys sit patiently under the tree.

Whimsical Topper

The tree topper is lime green and red tulle, a sprig of lime green glittered berries, and two clusters of felt holly leaves with pom pom berries found during an after Christmas sale.

Red and Green Wreath

I re-purposed  a  wreath  this year to match the tree.

This tree is home to some  little snow people. We have one for special people in our lives who are no longer with us. This one’s for my dad.

Joey The Snowman

They light up but we wait until Christmas Eve to turn them on.

And this is one of my favorite ornaments:


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Printable Fun and My Memories SW Giveaway!

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I enjoy making printables and using them in my d├ęcor . You can also size to use  for tags or cards or wherever your imagination leads you.

I created this one using the newest version of My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software ($40 value). 

They just released a new version and there are lots of fun background papers and embellishments to play with, not to mention tons more fun kits and quick pages that can be found in their online store from the best price of “free” on up. You can import your own photos to pre-designed quickpages, modify them. or start completely from scratch. And you can use any fonts already installed on your computer. So why am I telling you this?

Tis the season to be giving and one of my readers can win their own copy of this fun software!

I'm using Rafflecopter for this giveaway. To enter:

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The giveaway will run through Tuesday 12/11 with the winner announced on Wednesday 12/12. If you can’t wait and want to play now, you can save  $10 off your order of the software here. Just use code STMMMS58014 at checkout.

Of course I couldn’t stop at just one printable!


To download, click on the image to bring to full size, right click to “save as” and then you can re-size in any editing program.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post through my affiliation with My Memories

Monday, December 3, 2012

DIY Vintage(d) Tree Topper: Scrapbook Paper, Glitter, and Paint

Vintage(d) Tree Topper

I decided when I took down last year’s tree that I wanted a new tree topper. I’d been using big ribbon bows but they were looking a little tired. We get a real tree, and nature does not always provide that perfect branch at the top for most of the vintage or vintage inspired glass  toppers I like. So natch, I made my own !

For this project you will need:
  • Paper mache cone
  • Craft paints ( I used a Sterling Silver and Sterling Silver Glitter)
  • One 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper
  • Oversized bottle cap ( you could also use a jar lid)
  • Paper cut to fit inside your cap
  • Focal point ( I used a vintage looking brass sticker)
  • Glue Gun
  • Glitter
I painted my paper mache with a couple coats of silver metallic, then went over that with a couple of coats of the silver glitter paint.

Before and After Metallic Cone

In between coats of paint, make the medallion that is the centerpiece of this tree topper. Cut one 12x12 page of scrapbook paper into 4 6x6 sections. I used a sheet music page from Recollections and made one inch score marks using my Martha Stewart scoring board.

Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Once you’ve scored and folded each of your sections, hot glue them together. Since the paper I used was pretty heavy I used hot glue vs tape.

Paper Medallion

Then I took a small paintbrush , thick glue, and silver glitter and made my way around my medallion until it was edged.

Glitter Edged Medallion

I had some giant bottle caps in my stash but a small jar lid would work for this too. Cut a circle of silver glitter paper to fit inside, Mod Podged it in there, and then added an embossed brass colored sticker to the middle. The one I used is by K&Co.

Giant Bottle Cap

I hot glued a silver tinsel pipe cleaner around the inside edge. I had some silver glittered snowflake pics from my after Christmas deal scrounging last year so pulled on out, stuck it through the top of my cone and added a dab of hot glue to keep it in place. Glued  my completed medallion on to my cone and done.

Vintage(d) Tree Topper

Vintage(d) Tree Topper

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